Cuscuta indecora Choisy var. indecora

Family: Convolvulaceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)


Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

largeseed alfalfa dodder

Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a 2–4-seeded capsule, globose to subglobose, 2–3.5 mm long x 1.9–4(5) mm diameter, with dried perianth parts still attached (± enclosed by corolla).

Seed variable in shape (typically widely elliptic in outline), ± terete to somewhat compressed, one side convex, the other side with hilum near margin and the face dimpled or convex, (1.2)1.4–1.9 mm long x 1.25–1.6 mm wide x 0.6–1 mm thick. Surface dull, rough (variously honeycombed or pitted), typically light to dark brown.

Hilar region near margin of one of the faces, a roundish shallowly sunken area 0.2–0.4 mm across which may be darker or lighter than rest of testa, with a slit-like vascular scar.

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Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)